Lift Weights for Your Heart this Valentines Season – From the American Heart Association

lifting weights good for the heart

Happy Valentine’s Day to all you A-lifters out there! This article is for all of you whether or not you are havin’ some LOVE this day of hearts – but I would find that hard to believe; since being fit and bad ass you’re supposed to have an easier time attracting a mate than your average office drone.
Oh well! But whatever your situation is I am sure of one thing:

You have a HEART!

And as we all know, today is “heart’s” day, so why not give it a little love and understanding?
After all – your heart is also a MUSCLE; in fact the most important one in your body!

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lifting weights good for the heart

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Just a trivia: Unlike your other muscle types your cardiac muscle cell is completely involuntary and never stopped contracting literally from the day you were en utero until the day you die – or die from it stopping (which is “deadly” right?).

Here we have an illustration of the different types of muscle fibres in our body and how they differ from each other:

types of muscle fibres

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So we already know that Resistance training AKA lifting weights is good for both managing and preventing hypertension, and we pretty much know almost all there is to know about the health benefits of resistance training. But what I want to share with you today is an article where the American Heart Association recommends that you lift weights for the sake of your heart:
Strength and resistance training exercise is one of the four types of exercise along with endurance, balance and flexibility. Ideally, all four types of exercise would be included in a healthy workout routine and AHA provides easy to follow guidelines for endurance and strength-training in its Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults.

They don’t all need to be done every day, but variety helps keep the body fit and healthy, and makes exercise interesting. You can do a variety of exercises to keep the body fit and healthy and to keep your physical activity routine exciting.
The American Heart Association recommends strength training at least twice per week.
Strengthening your muscles gives you the ability to perform everyday activities and helps protect your body from injury. Stronger muscles also lead to a boost in your metabolic rate, which means you’ll burn more calories even when your body is at rest.

Don’t worry — we’re not talking about professional bodybuilding. Simple, weight- bearing exercises that use free weights, machines or your body’s own resistance are the focus. You can do these workouts separate from your cardio activity or add resistance on to an existing workout. Choose the time and type of activity that works for you….
This is great advice – I am impressed. If I were you I would read the full article.
Honestly this is a breath of fresh air – I mean, how many times have you seen any of the Government bodies write or say something that actually makes sense?
Almost makes you think that lifting weights is actually “bad” since the Government says it’s good for you.
But at least now we know that whenever we bust our asses in the weight room, not only do we do our muscles a favor, we are also giving some “love” to the most hardworking muscle in our body – our heart. Safe to say that every training day is also a “Heart day”. Happy valentines A-lifters!

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